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Russell Dawes’ learns to dance with Arthur Murray Adelaide

I have always enjoyed dancing but never had any lessons, so after watching several series of Dancing with the Stars and always thinking “I wish I could dance like that….” I decided to take the plunge and look around for a dance studio. I tried several different studios all offering a free introductory lesson and after a couple of ‘hard pressure sells to join up”, I walked into Arthur Murray Adelaide and I was instantly struck by the friendly staff and the warm environment of the studio. Different classes all happening in different parts of the studio, this gave me a chance to see all different people all learning different dances.

After my free lesson I signed up instantly and so my journey began and the self doubt set in straight away…Am I going to look silly, everyone is going to be better than me, I don’t have anyone to dance with.

One of the reasons that I signed with Arthur Murray was the chance to attend as many group classes that I wanted to, as well the benefit that I can go into the studio at anytime (as long as its open) and practise.

So I started my one of one classes with a bubbly instructor that made each lesson fun and she was teaching me at my pace. Then I went to the groups classes and I soon realised everyone is so friendly. Even when I attend the socials on Friday night the really good dancers would ask me to dance (I didn’t feel too intimidated….not). The ages of the students vary considerably, it doesn’t matter what age anyone is, it is never too late to start dancing and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a partner. There always someone around wanting to have a dance.

All the teachers are great, they are so friendly and professional. They have so much knowledge to share.

After several months of practice practice and more practice, dancing had such a positive impact in my life. When I danced I didn’t think of anything else so it helped me to ‘forget stressful things in my life” When I walked through the Arthur Murray doors, I only think dance. So if I was in a grumpy mood at the beginning I would be walking out the door with a spring in my step and a big smile on my face (must be all the endorphins in my system). My posture improved dramatically, its amazing how ‘lazy’ you become over years and that has helped strengthen my back.

It’s been a year since starting and now when I dance it’s like playing golf (for those golfers out there) when you get the tee off swing right, it’s an amazing feeling when it all comes together. To me dancing is like that, but you get so many of those feelings when it works. No wonder after completing a routine on Dancing with the Stars, the contestants would be beaming with confidence with a feeling of ‘exhilaration’, they cant take the smiles off their faces.

Russell Dawes


Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very well.read more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate hobby.read more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17